Congratulations to Matt Suhey on being the second face chiseled into Mt. Lunchpail!
Last week we began the journey to pick four Chicago Bears that personified tough, hardhat, lunchpail style of football. We aren't looking for the elite Pro Bowl type players, but rather the guys that just came to work and gave their all. The first Bear voted into Mt. Lunchpail by the Windy City Gridiron readers was former wide out and now member of the media, Tom Waddle.
Suhey was on the legendary 1985 Super Bowl team, and his career spanned 10 years, all in Chicago. Suhey rushed for nearly 3,000 yards from the fullback position, and he added 260 receptions. Did I mention he was a one of the best blockers of his era? His blocks led the way for Walter Payton, and later in his career he helped Neal Anderson to the Pro Bowl.
We do have a few new additions to the nominations list, and I'm also making an executive decision and dropping a couple players. Let us know who deserves a spot on Mt. Lunchpail!
Here are the nominations in alphabetical order.
Alex Brown (2002-09) - Brown was on the cusp of a Pro Bowl a few times, and he is 4th all time in sacks. He still lives in the area, and can be heard on Chicago talk radio.
Doug Buffone (1966-79) - Buffone played a part of his career in the shadow of Dick Butkus, but he was a very good outside linebacker. His 24 interceptions rank him 8th all time for the Bears. He's best know to this generation of Bear fan from his lively appearances on the Score.
Kevin Butler (1985-95) - He's still the Bears all time scoring leader, and even though he was named 2nd team All Pro by the Newspaper Entertainment Association, I'll allow his inclusion.
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Desmond Clark (2003-10) - Clark was a good all around tight end during his 12 year NFL career. He has the 1oth most receptions in Bears history, and he's 2nd to only Mike Ditka in receptions by a Bears TE.
Curtis Conway (1993-99) - Conway caught a career best 81 balls in 1996 with Dave Craig taking the majority of snaps at QB. He's fifth all time in receptions and receiving yards for the Bears.
Bobby Douglass (1969-75) - Never much of a passer, his scrambling ability is legendary in Chicago. He has the 13th most rushing yards in Bears history, and is tops in rushing yards among all Bears QBs.
Maurice Douglass (1986-1994) - Mo Douglas had an 11 year NFL career after being plucked in the 8th round of the 1986 draft. He was a key reserve and special teamer for both Mike Ditka and Dave Wannstedt.
Jim Flanigan (1994-00) - Flanigan racked up 40.5 sacks in 108 games for the Bears, good for eighth all time in the franchise's history.
Dennis Gentry (1982-92) - Gentry was named to a few All Pro teams as a returner, but I'll allow his nomination. He was a kick returner, a special teamer, a running back, and a receiver during his Bears career.
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Roland Harper (1975-82) - This 17th round draft pick played fullback with Walter Payton and rushed for nearly 1,000 yards in 1978. He's 8th all time in rushing yards for the Bears.
Mike Hartenstine (1975-86) - He started eight games on the d-line during the magical 1985 season. His 12 sacks in 1983 was most on a very talented Bears defense.
Hunter Hillenmeyer (2003-10) - Hunter was drafted by the Packers, was cut, then signed on as a reserve LB with the Bears. He became the starting strong side linebacker, and he also filled in the middle from time to time. He was a cerebral player that walked away from the game after suffering a concussion.
Israel Idonije (2004-12) - Very active with charity work in the community, and as an undrafted free agent he's played all up and down the Bears d-line in 134 career games.
Patrick Mannelly (1998-current) - No other Bear player has appeared in more than his 231 games. Plus he's Patrick Mannelly.
Barry Minter (1993-00) - Minter is more than just the answer to the trivia question, "Who did Brian Urlacher replace in the Bears lineup?", he also gave his all on some bad Bears teams.
Ed O'Bradovich (1962-71) - OB is best known as Doug Buffone's WSCR partner who has an unmatched passion for the Bears, but he was a 10 year defensive lineman for the Bears and a member of the 1963 Championship team.
William Perry (1985-93) - We're talking about the Fridge, and he's the rookie... If Perry played today, his immense girth would be considered normal. He's more famous for his backfield appearances than his work as a DT, but he had nearly 30 sacks in his career.
Brian Piccolo (1966-69 ) - Piccolo is probably the 2nd most nationally know Bear among the nominations for Mt. Lunchpail, but he has a special place in Chicago sports history.
Doug Plank (1975-82) - The famed 46 Defense was named after Plank's #46 jersey. He played a violent safety for the Bears.
Revie Sorey (1975-83) - Sorey was a 5th round draft pick that opened some holes for Bears backs for parts of eight seasons.
Keith Van Horne (1981-93) - Van Horne was my first ever favorite Bears player. The first time I saw him stick up for his QB, I knew he was the kind of player for me. He had 169 starts at RT in his 13 year Bears career.
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James "Big Cat" Williams (1991-02) - Williams did have the one Pro Bowl, but I'm letting his slide. He was an undrafted free agent that started on the defensive line before moving to right tackle. He started 134 consecutive games at right tackle for the Bears before they released him in 2003.
Chris Zorich (1991-97) - Zorich was raised on the South Side, went to Notre Dame, and was a 2nd round pick of the Bears. He was known for his hustle, and was a classic overachiever.
Once we have a full slate of "our guys", our very own David Taylor will craft the Mt. Lunchpail in all it's glory for us to marvel at.
Also if there are any players you feel warrant inclusion (some more old school players would be nice), that weren't nominated, put them in the comment sections. We may throw them in for the next round.